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- The NHS spends around £3.4 billion a year on services provided by charities.
- The voluntary sector provides a significant proportion of NHS services – a quarter of third sector organisations are involved in the provision of adult health and social care services. Small, local charities are often best placed to understand the needs of the UK’s increasingly diverse population. They can often respond more flexibly and innovatively than large public sector providers. The government has recognised this. Charities can be beneficiaries of a more open approach to the delivery of public services and in forging strong links with new health and wellbeing boards. However, small charities face particular challenges at this time.
- Income streams are more uncertain and small charities do not have the diversity of funding that larger charities do. These Awards will therefore help financially. The five-day development programme with The King’s Fund will help equip these excellent charities with the skills to maintain and continue their success in the future.
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The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.
GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.
About the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards
The awards are open to small charities with an income of between £10,000 and £1.5million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submissions: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.
This year almost £390,000 in prize money will be awarded to charities by the GSK IMPACT Awards. There are eight IMPACT Award winners who win £25,000, four highly commended winners who receive £5,000 and three runners up who receive £3,000. Of these, two overall winners were awarded an additional £10,000 at the award ceremony on Thursday 17 May 2012.
To celebrate the fifteenth year of the awards, previous IMPACT Award winners were given the opportunity to win further awards - gold, silver and bronze IMPACT Champions awards. These reward continued excellence and innovation in improving people’s health. There were three gold winners (given £35,000 funding), one silver winner (given £10,000) and four bronze winners (given £5,000 funding).
Since its inception in 1997, more than 300 community health care charities have received an IMPACT Award and funding totalling £4,147,000.